"Dying is the one thing--perhaps the only thing--in life that you don't have to do," Edwin Shneidman once wrote. "Stick around long enough and it will be done for you."
And at 91, he was right.
Edwin S. Shneidman, a psychologist who gave new direction to the study of suicide and was a founder of the nation's first comprehensive suicide prevention center, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. His death was confirmed by his son, David.